It cannot be helped that President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey is being criticized as a blatant move to crush the investigation into Russian ties. I would like to warn that, unless the “Russiagate" suspicion can be explained, the United States will face grave problems in the future.
The reason for this swift, shocking dismissal concerns former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy last July. Comey overstepped the attorney general’s authority, and on his own, announced that there was nothing substantial to warrant prosecution. If this was seen as a problem in the last administration, why did President Trump not dismiss Comey at the time of his inauguration? It cannot be said that this is a convincing reason.
More importantly, in a House Intelligence Committee meeting in March, Comey declared that the Russiagate suspicions were being investigated. It seems this was the more natural trigger for his dismissal. An editorial in The New York Times concluded that, “Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president.”
These allegations are related to the cyberattack in which a large quantity of emails from Clinton’s Democratic campaign were leaked to the public during last year’s presidential election. The United States government declared this to be Russia’s doing, but doubt spread as people began questioning whether the Trump campaign was also part of the conspiracy.
If this is true, Russia sent the White House a figure who is under their thumb, which would be a grave situation for the security of the United States. It is like a real-life spy novel.
Since the presidential election, Trump has shown a desire to improve relations with Russia. If steps are actually taken toward unity, it could look suspect. In order for this not to be so, it is necessary for the right and wrong concerning these suspicions to be clarified.
National Security Advisor Flynn, who is surrounded by allegations, was dismissed in February because it came to light that he discussed Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before the inauguration. Flynn also admitted that he had been paid by Russia and Turkey without authorization from U.S. authorities.
It has been confirmed that Attorney General Sessions met twice with the Russian ambassador, despite his congressional testimony to the contrary. He was compelled to remove himself from any part of the Russiagate investigation. Trump’s administration is overshadowed by suspicion.
President Nixon, who dismissed a special prosecutor who was investigating the Watergate scandal, was driven to resign in the end. The will of the people who wish to know the truth is stronger than those in power. Trump should keep this in mind.